Cecilia (Cece) Lyra, Agent
@ceciliaclyra
Literary Agent
Storyteller & Storyseller / Associate Literary Agent @PSLiterary ✍🏽 Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast 🎧 Feminist. Latinx. Immigrant. Reader.
118 MSWL
57 AskAgent
2 Tips

Head over to my Instagram for an #askagent --- I'll be answering the top questions in future posts! 📚✍🏽

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Alyssa Alessi @AlyssaAlessi

@annmrose My question is very specific to you. I read somewhere that you don’t like stories that start with waking from a dream. You liked a pitdark pitch of mine but I haven’t sent you a query because…guilty of said opening. Should I send anyway?
Replying to @AlyssaAlessi

I will ask a question back. Are you 100% sure this is the best and only opening for your book? If you can confidently say yes, take your shot. Sometimes there are exceptions. But if you think that maybe you could start it somewhere else, give it a try and see how it goes ❤️

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Jessica Seitz 윤수영 @jseitzwrites

@annmrose What do you think is an appropriate word count range for a MG novel in verse? Thank you!
Replying to @jseitzwrites

It’s really hard to nail down word count when it’s a book in verse. I would say you should make sure your page count doesn’t get too high.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Leah Bauer @L_R_Bauer

@annmrose When considering submission materials, what’s your process for deciding to pass on an MS, offer an R&R, or request a full MS?
Replying to @L_R_Bauer

If a sub is something that the concept and writing just grabs me I will request the full. If the writing and concept are good but then things fall apart but I see a clear path I might request an R&R. If all the stars align, I will offer.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Brandon B Chambers @brandonsguide

@annmrose Why do some agencies have a "No from one is a no from all" policy? Like, I genuinely have never been told the benefit of it. Likewise, how often do you share queries with colleagues?
Replying to @brandonsguide

I share queries with agents both within my own agency and outside of it.
If an agency is really tight and knows what each other is looking for I guess that is why they do that but otherwise I’m not sure.
I’m personally fine getting a query one of my colleagues rejected.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Judith L Webster @JudithLWebster

@annmrose Are tv shows or movies ok to use as comps? I’ve heard some agents think those are “too big” to include.
Replying to @JudithLWebster

I think they can be very effective to help set up tone for a book. I think the trick is to say how they are a comp, since not all TV watchers read (a travesty, I know). So like if you like the medical drama of Grey’s Anatomy you will love this book.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

Charles Suddeth @CharlesSuddeth

@annmrose New Adult?
Independent category or YA with heat?
Replying to @CharlesSuddeth

NA is really only a category that independent publishers use (self published). For traditional publishing it needs to either sit in YA or Adult.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

JustMeKer @JustMeKer

@annmrose And just because 🙂, what is your go-to beach/poolside book to read? (Not for work, just for you.) And what's the book that has stayed with you and why?
Replying to @JustMeKer

My last beach read was a thriller so I’m all over the place when it comes to that 🤣
One of my favorite books of all time (that isn’t a client book) is The Awesome. I don’t think enough people have read it but it is so fun!

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

A. R. @A_R_Makes_Art

@annmrose Is it ok to send a gentle nudge to an agent who hasn't replied to an initial query for 3 months? There's no "x amount of time means no" or estimated time for a reply on their profile, and I'd like to query someone else at that agency. Or would this considered to be rude?
Replying to @A_R_Makes_Art

That’s tough. If there’s no info on their general response time, a quick nudge feels like it should be okay. If they don’t respond maybe wait another 3 than query the other agent and just give them a heads up about the first query and you assumed it was a pass from them

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
140 MSWL
152 AskAgent
11 Queries
101 Tips

JustMeKer @JustMeKer

@annmrose Hi! Are "quiet" books dead? Or is there still room for them in the world of high stakes publishing?
Replying to @JustMeKer

Ironically I was just talking to an editor about quieter books and how they are still needed ❤️
The trick with a quiet book is to still have a strong hook.